Most of the information below should be the same however make sure
you look at the new information on the home page and follow the link to CruiseCritic.com for the latest news on passports
as of September 1, 2005
Starting December 31, 2005, the United States government is introducing
new passport rules. Don't risk disrupting your travel plans! If you are planning travel for 2006 or beyond, please take a
minute to review the new regulations below. If you don't already have a valid passport, be sure to avoid the rush and give
yourself plenty of time to apply for one. Once you've got a passport in hand, the whole world is yours to explore.
|The new U.S. passport regulations will take effect gradually over the next few years:|
By December 31, 2005, passports will be required for all air and sea travel to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, and Central
and South America.
||By December 31, 2006, passports will be required for all air and sea travel to and from Canada and Mexico.|
||By December 31, 2007, passports or other accepted travel documents will be required for land border crossings to and from
Canada or Mexico.|
||By January 1, 2008, all Americans departing and returning to the United States will be required to have a valid U.S. passport.
For information on obtaining or renewing a passport, visit the State Department's Website. U.S. passports are valid for ten years, so the initial cost averages out over subsequent vacations - especially if you cruise
You will need a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. If you live in
the U.S., you will also need the original copy of your Alien Registration Card (ARC or "Green Card") and any other documentation
the countries on your itinerary require due to your alien status.
For all sailings ending on June 25, 2005, or later,
citizens from the Visa Waiver Program countries will require a machine-readable passport valid for the duration of their voyage.
These countries include:
||The United Kingdom|
A machine-readable passport has a code like this on the bottom of the picture page:
If someone other than me has written an article, I'll be sure to include a byline at the bottom.